You are being treated to a sneak peek into my book, In So Many Words, before it comes out on November 4th. My life has been so consumed with preparations for its publication that some of it just had to come out!
The book will be available on Amazon, this blog, a few local spots, and many other sites belonging to colleagues and friends who have generously offered their help with its promotion.
Look for my promotional videos in the first week of October.
I am simply bursting with excitement!
Excerpt from Chapter One:
“Drop the reins. Let God, fate, universe take control. Seriously. You’re not sure you know how to do that? It scares the crap out of you that you won’t know how to do that? Remember the vessel – one heart – possibly two. Remember the light inside you. Remember the vision board focused on you. Your heart and soul. Those come first. Someone else’s love is going to spill into yours. You are not going to take it. Would you still feel happy without him in your life? Of course you would! You already did! Nothing was missing. You are complete.”
After spending the whole day feeling tired, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and unmotivated, two things helped me go to sleep feeling happy, at ease, and ready for another day.
Friends and Yoga
When I see people who I haven’t seen in a while, it can go a lot of ways. Yesterday, I saw several former colleagues/friends and all it did was make me smile and laugh. Some of us are in the same place, most of us have moved on, but all of us were genuinely happy to see each other. We were treated to champagne and lovely hors d’oeuvres and chatted about family, jobs, and vacations.
Yoga felt so perfect last night. I led a practice full of heart openers. We shined our heart light to those who are suffering from the unspeakable tragedies of the past several days. Everyone seemed to move as one, exactly the way I had intended. I’d like to believe we did our small part in healing some of the wounds.
I ended with these words last night. Please let the whole world feel this.
Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
Peace. Peace. Peace.
I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.
I honor you in the place of love, light, peace, and truth.
Well, we had to scrap our camping trip. It has been raining up in these parts for days on end. The satellite shows a hug band of rain headed for West Jefferson, NC. The rain will start this afternoon and continue until tomorrow. Not the ideal camping weather. I don’t mind being cold, but I do mind being wet.
Big fat bummer.
But I had a great time yesterday visiting my old school. I spent two hours just wandering the halls, talking to colleagues, and being introduced to the students as “the very first dance teacher” at the school. I felt like a bit of a celebrity. I’ve been gone for 9 years, so of course, all the students I knew have been gone for a few years.
It felt nostalgic and sad, but inspiring at the same time. The school is still vibrant with color and sound. The students and staff seem happy. It’s just as I remembered.
Since I’m in Charlotte for a few days, I thought I might share some photos from my 19 years here. I lived here from 1987-2006, in nine different houses and apartments. Graduated from college here. Got married and divorced here. Started my public school teaching career here. Bought my very own house here. Made countless friends here. Have very cherished memories here. I still, in some ways, consider it home. There will always be someone here who will take me in for a visit. Nice to know.